KTM, the renowned Austrian motorcycle manufacturer, has once again ignited the Indian biking scene with its latest offerings. With a legacy deeply rooted in performance and innovation, KTM has introduced the 3rd-generation 390 Duke and the 3rd-generation 250 Duke to Indian enthusiasts. These streetfighters represent the pinnacle of KTM’s engineering prowess, promising thrilling rides and cutting-edge technology. Let’s dive into the exciting world of these two remarkable motorcycles from KTM.
KTM has unleashed the latest iteration of its formidable 390 Duke in India, and it’s turning heads with its aggressive pricing of Rs 3,10,520 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
This 3rd-gen 390 Duke packs a punch with numerous updates, starting under the hood. It’s equipped with a brand-new 399cc single-cylinder engine, affectionately named LC4c. This powerplant boasts a refreshed head and gearbox, promising a thrilling ride.
The new 399cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine roars to life with 45.37 BHP. It’s seamlessly paired with a 6-speed gearbox, complete with a slipper clutch and a quick-shifter for those lightning-fast gear changes. Weight has been shed in all the right places, thanks to KTM’s updates to the frame, wheels, and brakes. The outcome? A remarkable power-to-weight ratio of 270 BHP per tonne, ensuring that this 390 Duke is nothing short of a pocket rocket.
This streetfighter relies on a robust steel trellis frame for its structure. Suspension duties are aptly handled by an adjustable 43mm upside-down front fork and a mono-shock at the rear. The stopping power is equally impressive, with a 320mm front disc and a 240mm rear disc, bolstered by dual-channel ABS, cornering ABS, and Supermoto ABS for added safety.
Aesthetic enhancements are also part of the package. The 390 Duke showcases a redesigned fuel tank with aggressive shrouds, an LED headlamp with striking boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights, and a split seat. Its tech game is strong too, featuring a 5-inch digital instrument console that offers smartphone connectivity, turn-by-turn navigation, launch control, and three distinct riding modes: Street, Rain, and Track.
For those looking to make a statement, the 2023 KTM 390 Duke comes in two captivating color options: Atlantic Blue and Electronic Orange Metallic.
The company has simultaneously launched the 3rd-gen KTM 250 Duke in India, priced at Rs 2,39,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Much like its bigger sibling, the 250 Duke gets a range of updates. Ride-by-wire and a quick-shifter now come as standard, enhancing the overall riding experience. Powering this beast is the same LC4c single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, although specific technical details haven’t been disclosed. However, KTM has introduced a redesigned cylinder head and a larger airbox.
The 250 Duke rests on a new 2-piece frame, dons fresh wheels, and features improved brakes – all aimed at shedding weight and boosting the power-to-weight ratio.
In terms of looks, the 250 Duke retains its sporty appeal with bold tank extensions and an LED headlamp. It proudly flaunts a 5-inch digital instrument console that offers smartphone connectivity, turn-by-turn navigation, and a convenient USB Type-C charging port.
This sporty offering from KTM is available in two exciting color options: Electronic Orange and Ceramic White. With these launches, KTM continues to affirm its commitment to providing enthusiasts with thrilling, feature-rich, and well-priced motorcycles that deliver exceptional performance on Indian roads.